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Cake Flight, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 60" x 72", 2014

Presently Absent: Paintings by Tom Berenz

  • Exhibit: Feb. 9, 2015 - Mar. 31, 2015
  • Reception: Thursday, Feb. 12, 6–8 p.m.; Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. by Tom Berenz.
    Music by Parkland Guitar Ensemble
  • Additional Gallery Lectures:

    Thursday, Feb. 12 at 1:15 p.m. in the gallery

Tom Berenz is an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing
at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Berenz has an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA from Northern Illinois University, and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Berenz blurs the lines between realism and abstraction, beauty and horror, devastation and the sublime. He uses the disaster motif as a metaphor to create conversations about personal,
sociopolitical, environmental and ideological issues. The choice of images is always changing, but always returns to a pile. His paintings depict the still after a disaster, the quiet resulting from devastation.


Spring Gallery Hours:
Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, noon-2 p.m.

The gallery will be closed February 26 for Professional Development Day, March 23-28 for Spring Holiday.

To find the gallery when classes are in session, we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through any door and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area.

For more information or to arrange a tour of the gallery for your group, please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or email


This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Parkland is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/351-2505.





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